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n29 Sorana Cirstea ROU
n35 Elina Svitolina UKR
n37 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n38 Kurumi Nara JPN
n40 Bojana Jovanovski SRB
n42 Yvonne Meusburger AUT
n57 Heather Watson GBR
n71 Jana Cepelova SVK
n72 Stefanie Voegele SUI
n74 Donna Vekic CRO
 
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5' 9" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Baku:

#35 Elina Svitolina
5' 9" 137lb RH 2H-BH
   
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    On Tuesday in Azerbaijan, in the 1st round of the Baku Cup, the 2008 Tashkent champion (and a 2009 French Open quarterfinalist), 24 year old top seeded #29 (career high: #21) Sorana Cirstea from Targoviste, Romania, defeated 19 year old wild card #160 (career high: #135) Ons Jabeur of Tunesia, 6-3, 6-3 (photo shown).

    In the 2nd round on Thursday, Sorana will play 24 year old #72 (career high: #47) Stefanie Voegele from Leuggern, Switzerland.

    Sorana leads Stefanie 4-0 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was last year on a chlorophyll court in the 1st round at Wimbledon, when Sorana defeated Stefanie 7-5, 7-6(3).

    Also on Tuesday at Baku, the 2013 Baku champion, 19 year old 2nd seeded #35 (career high #33) Elina Svitolina from Kharkiv, Ukraine, defeated qualifier #193 Nigina Abdurimova of Uzbekistan 6-2, 6-4 (photo shown).

    In the 2nd round on Thursday, Elina will play 26 year old #84 (career high: #60) Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain.

    Elina and Silvia have never before met on the field of combat (pro singles).

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WTA SCOREBOARD: Baku

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset , LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Baku, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $2,100 US; points: 1
n29 s1 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n160 wc Ons Jabeur TUN 6-3, 6-3 Tue
n35 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR d n193 q Nigina Abduraimova UZB 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n185 q Misa Eguchi JPN d n37 s3 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-4, 7-6(7) Tue
*n75 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n38 s4 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n40 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n77 P Mayr-Achleitner AUT 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 Mon
*n97 Shahar Peer ISR d n42 s6 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*n102 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n57 s7 Heather Watson GBR 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 Tue
n71 s8 Jana Cepelova SVK d nNR wc Nazrin Jafarova AZE 6-1, 6-0 Tue
n72 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n125 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-1, 6-4 Mon
n74 Donna Vekic CRO d n217 q Olga Savchuk UKR 7-6(6), 6-0 Tue
*n120 Urszula Radwanska POL d n80 A van Uytvanck BEL 6-1 retired Mon
n84 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d n116 q Danke Kovinic MNE 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n101 Katarzyna Piter POL d n93 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n95 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n99 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n103 Julia Glushko ISR d n809 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 Tue
n165 q Vesna Dolonc SRB d n1046 wc Ksenia Gaydarzhi RUS 6-0, 6-2 Tue
Baku, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 30
n29 s1 Sorana Cirstea ROU v n72 Stefanie Voegele SUI Thu
n35 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR v n84 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP Thu
n40 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB v n101 Katarzyna Piter POL Wed cC m2
n71 s8 Jana Cepelova SVK v n95 Pauline Parmentier FRA Wed cC m4
n74 Donna Vekic CRO v n102 Kristina Mladenovic FRA Thu
n75 Francesca Schiavone ITA v n103 Julia Glushko ISR Thu
n97 Shahar Peer ISR v n165 q Vesna Dolonc SRB Wed cC m3
n120 Urszula Radwanska POL v n185 q Misa Eguchi JPN Wed cC m1 11am
Baku, QFs, Fri 10am
loser's prize: $6,175 US; points: 60
n29 Cirstea OR n72 Voegele v n97 Peer OR n165 Dolonc
n35 Svitolina OR n84 Soler-Espinosa v n71 Cepelova OR n95 Parmentier
n40 Jovanovski OR n101 Piter v n120 U Radwanska OR n185 Eguchi
n74 Vekic OR n102 Mladenovic v n75 Schiavone OR n103 Glushko
Baku, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
Baku, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Baku, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Baku, Qualifying Finals, Mon Jul 21 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pts; q2 $1,020 12pts; qualifier 18 points
n116 Danke Kovinic MNE d n137 Alexandra Panova RUS 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
*n809 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n123 Jovana Jaksic SRB 6-3, 6-3
*n165 Vesna Dolonc SRB d n135 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 6-3
*n217 Olga Savchuk UKR d n141 Ksenia Pervak RUS 0-6, 7-6(2), 6-0
n185 Misa Eguchi JPN v n199 Amandine Hesse FRA 6-2, 6-3
n193 Nigina Abduraimova UZB d n136 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

Baku, Withdrawals
n33 Klara Koukalova CZE left ankle injury
n34 Shuai Zhang CHN right shoulder injury
n61 Mona Barthel GER

  WTA July 28-Aug 3: Stanford & DC

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n1 S Williams, n5 A Radwanska
n8 A Kerber, n10 V Azarenka

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    The Stanford & Washington, DC draws are not yet available as of this writing (qualifying draws are usually up on the Friday before the tourney begins, main draws on Saturday, sometimes later). The links are above for your convenience when the draws become available.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stanford & Washington, DC

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset , LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Stanford, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $6,550 US; points: 1
n1 Serena Williams USA
n5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n8 Angelique Kerber GER
n10 wc Victoria Azarenka BLR
n11 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n15 Sara Errani ITA
n16 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n18 Andrea Petkovic GER
n19 Samantha Stosur AUS
n28 Garbine Muguruza ESP
n30 Sabine Lisicki GER
n31 Daniela Hantuchova SVK
n32 Shuai Zhang CHN
n44 Caroline Garcia FRA
n45 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n49 Varvara Lepchenko USA
n56 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO
n65 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
n69 Monica Puig PUR
n87 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN
Stanford, 2nd Rd, Tue-Thu 11am
losers' prize: $10,000 US; points: 55
Stanford, QFs, Fri noon
losers' prize: $20,000 US; points: 100
Stanford, SFs, Sat 3pm & 7pm
losers' prize: $35,000 US; points: 185
Stanford, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $64,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 US; points: 470
Stanford, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US

Stanford, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 22 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,690 1pt; q2 $3,025 13pts; qualifier 25 points

Stanford, Withdrawals
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE
Washington, D.C., 1st Rnd, Sun 2pm Mon-Tue 4pm
loser's prize: $2,220 US; points: 1
n7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n17 Lucie Safarova CZE
n20 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n22 Sloane Stephens USA
n21 Alize Cornet FRA
n24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS
n26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
n27 Madison Keys USA
n29 Sorana Cirstea ROU
n36 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n39 Kurumi Nara JPN
n40 Bojana Jovanovski SRB
n44 Lauren Davis USA
n46 Alison Riske USA
n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL
n50 Shuai Peng CHN
n51 Christina McHale USA
n54 Zarina Diyas KAZ
n57 Heather Watson GBR
n58 Monica Niculescu ROU
n62 Jana Cepelova SVK
n70 Polona Hercog SLO
n82 Marina Erakovic NZL
Washington, D.C., 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 2pm
loser's prize: $3,420 US; points: 30
Washington, D.C., QFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $6,200 US; points: 60
Washington, D.C., SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
Washington, D.C., Final, Sun 5:15pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Washington, D.C., Doubles Final, Saturday
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Washington, D.C., Qual Finals, Saturday Jul 27 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,285 12pts; qualifier 18 points

Washington, D.C., Withdrawals

  WTA Jul 14-20: Båstad & Istanbul

Istanbul:

#15 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Båstad:
#62 Mona Barthel
6'1" 154lb RH 2H-BH

Swedish Open Båstad, SWE INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: red clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! news | WTA

Istanbul Cup TUR INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: hard
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    On Sunday at Båstad, Sweden, in the final of the Collector Swedish Open, the highest ranked player remaining in the tourney, the 2012 champion at Hobart, Tasmania, 24 year old #62 (career high: #23) Mona Barthel from Neumunster, Germany, defeated the 2011 champion at Guangzhou, 30 year old #80 (career high: #37) Chanelle Scheepers from Harrismith, South Africa, 6-3, 7-6(3) (Mona is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Mona's prize is $43,000; Chanelle's prize is $21,400.

    Mona said: "Amazing week for me. I cannot believe I won the title... In some matches I was behind and I was just fighting for every point, and I'm so happy that everything worked out." video

    Mona and Chanelle are now tied at 2-2 in career matches.. Their previous meeting was last year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the 2nd round at Hobart, when Mona defeated Chanelle 7-6(3), 7-5.

    Mona is now 3-1 in WTA singles finals, and has a 25-20 singles match record in 2014.

    Chanelle is now 1-1 in WTA singles finals, and has a 19-17 singles match record this season.

    Meanwhile in Turkey, in the final of the Istanbul Cup, the 2013 champ at Luxembourg, 24 year old top seeded #15 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated the 2013 Katowice and Palermo champion (and last week's finalist at Bucharest), 31 year old 2nd seeded #24 (career high: #13) Roberta Vinci from Taranto, Italy, 6-1, 6-1 (Caroline is also shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Caroline's prize is $43,000; Roberta's prize is $21,400.

    Caroline said: "I'm happy to have won my 22nd WTA title. It's a great feeling. I'm happy how the final went today. I served well and pushed [Roberta] around the court, and I really dictated the match... I've had a good week and am feeling good on hardcourts, which is great moving forward" WTA story

    Roberta said: "I tried to play aggressively like always but made a lot of mistakes. It's tough to play like that against Caroline because she puts everything back in the court, and it was tough for me to stay in the rallies today. But I'm happy with my week and Caroline just played much better than me."

    Caroline and Roberta are now tied at 2-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was earlier this year on red clay in the 2nd round at Madrid, when Roberta defeated Caroline 6-3, 6-3.

    Caroline is now 22-13 in WTA singles finals, and has a 26-11 singles match record in 2014.

    Roberta is now 9-3 in WTA singles finals, and has a 23-17 singles match record for the year.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Bastad & Istanbul tourney page holds 13 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 13 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA July 7-13: Bucharest & Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein:

#20 Andrea Petkovic
5' 11" 152lb RH 2H-BH
Bucharest:

#3 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH

Bucharest Open Bucharest, ROU INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: red clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - WTA

Gastein Ladies, AUT INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: red clay
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: 2 - T.com - ESPN - WTA - webcam

    On Sunday at Bad Gastein, Austria, in the final of the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies Open, the 2014 champion at Charleston (and 2009 Gastein champ), 26 year old 4th seeded #20 (career high: #9) Andrea Petkovic from Darmstadt, Germany, defeated 21 year old qualifier #169 (career high: #109) Shelby Rogers from Charleston, South Carolina, 6-3, 6-3 (Andrea is shown holding the hardware after the match). Andrea's prize is $43,000; Shelby's prize is $19,400.

    Meanwhile in in Romania, in the final of the Bucharest Open, the 2014 champion at Doha (and French Open finalist), 22 year old top seeded #3 (career high: #3) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, defeated the 2013 Katowice and Palermo champion, 31 year old 2nd seeded #21 (career high: #13) Roberta Vinci from Taranto, Italy, 6-1, 6-3 (Simona is also shown holding the hardware after the match). Simona's prize is $43,000; Roberta's prize is $19,400.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Bucharest & Bad Gastein tourney page holds 21 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 4 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon

Wimbledon:

#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH
Wimbledon:

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: grass
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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

Roland Garros:

#4 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#8 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
draws: W sing, pdf - XD women's: Q - singles - doub men's: Q - singles - doub | photos


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      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2014 French Open, the the 2012 RG champ, 27 year old 7th seeded #8 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Doha, 22 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #5) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 French Open tourney page holds 126 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 36 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Jan 13-25: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#21 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH
Melbourne:

#4 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne, AUS Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard plexicushion
draws: WS, .pdf - women's: qualif. - singles - doub | men's: qualif. - singles - doub
pics: T.com - ESPN | Y!: news | WTA

      On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2014 Australian Open, the 2011 French Open champion (and 2013 & 2011 AO finalist), 31 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #3) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, won her 2nd Grand Slam title by defeating the 2013 champion at Stanford, 24 year old 20th seeded #21 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-6(3), 6-0 (photo shown).

    The tennis.quickfound.net Australian Open tourney page holds 144 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 52 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Aug 26-Sept 8: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#2 Victoria Azarenka
6'0" 145lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

US Open Flushing Meadows, NY Grand Slam $ prize money 128 players | outdoor: hard
Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD | Women: qualif - singles - doub | Men: qualif - singles - doub
pics: T.com - Y!: images - news - sports | ESPN - CBS - WTA

         On Sunday in New York, in the final of the 2013 US Open, the 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 US Open champ, 31 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won again, defeating last year's US Open finalist, 24 year old 2nd seeded #2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, 7-5, 6(6)-7, 6-1 (Victoria is shown during the match; Serena is shown hugging the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is $3,600,000 (including a $1 million bonus for finishing 1st in the US Open Series of tourneys); Victoria's prize is $1,550,000 (including a $250K bonus for 2nd place in the USO Series.)

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2013 US Open tourney page holds 104 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 40 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
 
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    (Jan 27, 2014) WTA Championships changes: "...It will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six [eight days beginning in 2015], the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend." WTA story

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (May 8, 2013) The year ending WTA Championships tournament, which this year is finishing a three-year stint at Istanbul, Turkey, will move to Singapore for the next five years, from 2014-2018. "The state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, located in the heart of the city, will host the WTA Championships at the 7500-seat, Singapore Indoor Stadium." WTA story

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Mar 31, 2012) The Brazilian tennis federation has announced that Brazil will host a WTA tournament beginning in 2013. The franchise they have been awarded was vacated by the Marbella, Spain, tourney, which followed Miami on the WTA calendar (the same week as Charleston). Brazil has not hosted a WTA event for the past 11 years. AP story

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Jul 15, 2011) WTA #28 Alisa Kleybanova is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) in Italy. Alisa said: "After I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there's a chance I'll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing..." Alisa has won two WTA singles titles, both last year, in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Today is Alisa's 22nd birthday. Letter from Alisa via WTA - Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

    (Dec 12, 2010) Retired former WTA #1 Martina Hingis married French showjumper Thibault Hutin in a civil ceremony in Paris on Friday, December 10. The wedding was reported in the Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte; they will publish photos of the ceremony on Monday.

    Martina said: "Our wedding came as a surprise for many, but it has been in planning long in advance." Schweizer Illustrierte story (German) - English translation via Google - AFP story
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (March 5, 2010) The WTA has posted a new page showing "all-time" (which means since 1989!) and current year's service speed leaders. However, a note at the bottom of the page shows that the data, is only from show courts at a fraction of the tourneys (12 events this year).
    The actual all-time WTA service speed record is 130 miles per hour, set by then 35-year-old Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in the 1st round of qualifying at Cincinnati in 2006. The WTA should not list "all-time" service speed leaders without making this perfectly clear.

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

click for SI-SE Daniela
Daniela Hantuchova
click for SI-SE Tatiana
Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

click for 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Online
      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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